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自分が読んで興味深く感じた英文記事を中心に取り上げる予定です

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英検の長文の大問は米国憲法が取り上げられていました。アメリカ建国の父の一人で憲法制定にも深く関わったアレクサンダー・ハミルトンの舞台が昨年から大人気のようですね。ちょうど1月の60ミニッツにも登場していました。日本では埋め込みできなかったのでPBS Newshourの方を代わりに紹介します。リンク先では見ることができます。



ハミルトンは日本人には馴染みがない政治家ですがロングマンやオックスフォードは見出語として掲載しています。それぞれ載せているエピソードに多少の違いがありますが。。。

(Cultural Literacy Dictionary)
Hamilton, Alexander
A soldier and political leader of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Hamilton advised George Washington in the Revolutionary War, wrote most of the essays in The Federalist Papers, and was a leader in the drafting of the Constitution. He later served under Washington as the first secretary of the treasury in the new government. A Federalist, he was opposed politically by Thomas Jefferson and both politically and personally by Aaron Burr (see Jeffersonianism versus Hamiltonianism ). Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, in which Burr killed him ( see Burr-Hamilton duel ).

(オックスフォード)
Alexander Hamilton
(c. 1757-1804) one of America's Founding Fathers. He fought in the American Revolution, was one of the writers of The Federalist Papers, and established and led the Federalist Party. Hamilton was the first US Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95) and established the central Bank of the United States. He died after Vice-President Aaron Burr (1756-1836) wounded him in a duel (= a fight with guns to settle a quarrel).

(ロングマン)
Hamilton, Alexander
(?1755-1804) a US politician who helped to write the Constitution of the United States and was the first US Secretary of the Treasury from 1789 to 1795. Alexander Hamilton's picture is printed on the US ten-dollar bill.


開演当初はOff Broadway舞台だったのが人気でたためBroadwayの上演になったようです。あまりに人気がでているため偽物のチケットが出回るようになってしまっているとか。。。

Theatergoers, Desperate to See ‘Hamilton,’ Fall Prey to Ticket Forgers
By MICHAEL WILSON JAN. 17, 2016


Jason arranged to meet the seller on a Manhattan street corner on Dec. 31. He bought two tickets for $600 as an anniversary gift for his wife. You’re going to love the show, the seller told him. It’s as good as everyone says.

Jason and his wife arrived at the Richard Rodgers Theater lobby on Jan. 2. There they remained after all the other ticket holders were seated and the show began. A woman and her date stood nearby, also locked out. The woman was crying.

They all thought they had gotten their hands on the hottest tickets in town — to “Hamilton” — but their tickets weren’t hot. They were fake.

Counterfeit tickets to events of all kinds abound. Fake tickets promising entry to everything from the Super Bowl to a humble Times Square comedy club have been described in this column. Representatives of other theaters and the Broadway League suggested that while counterfeit tickets were rare on Broadway, they had turned up at popular shows such as “The Book of Mormon” and “The Producers.”


公演劇場のサイトに行ってみたのですが、劇場の観客はpatronが使われていました。TOEIC学習者にはなじみがある後ですね。

PATRON POLICIES

Dress Code:
There is no dress code at the theatre. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air conditioned during the summer months.

Policy for Children:
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Late Seating Policy:
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Generally speaking, late patrons who are seated in the front orchestra are held in the auditorium until approximately fifteen minutes after the performance begins after which time patrons are escorted directly to their seats by an usher. Video monitors displaying the performance are provided in the lobby.

Policy on Smoking:
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the Richard Rodgers Theatre.


このラップミュージカルはRon Chernowが書いたハミルトンの伝記に着想を得たということで早速買って読み始めたのですが、なにぶん大著のためちっとも進みません(汗)
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